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Long Road, Fragments of the Past (3)

As the innkeeper squinted his eyes and examined the crowd, Brendel himself couldn’t help but turn around and glance at the person who had quietly followed along their team this entire time. Until now, she had not spoken one single sentence with him and just kept following along silently.

But in deference to Her Royal Highness, he couldn’t just ask the woman anything.

When everyone walked into the inn, the bald innkeeper finally seemed to react and confirm that this crowd of people wasn’t here to collect debts. He blanked for a second before asking, “Do you all require rooms?”

“Unless you have other services aside from rooms? Isn’t this an inn?” Before Brendel could respond, Filas asked in confusion.

“Ahh, no. Of course… no, welcome!” The bald innkeeper jumped up as if someone held his feet over an open flame. “You need rooms? My inn has many available rooms and I guarantee your satisfaction.”

“Not just rooms.” Brendel finally said. “We also need food. We just arrived from Kurkel and we’re cold and hungry. Do you understand?”

“Yeah, the grounds of this godforsaken place are so cold and hard, not even tents and sleeping bags helped! I can finally get a good night’s sleep tonight and eat something decent –” Filas interrupted excitedly, “I want roast deer meat, preferably roasted with charcoal from the Alfafa Wilderness and so rich you could see the oil dripping from it. Combine that with spices — best use spices shipped from the Luka Sea, if that’s not possible then I can also accept salt and vanilla from Sanorso — then give me a pot of honey, butter cake, and baked herrings. A cup of black tea straight from Lusitar’s Golden House would be appreciated. Also –”

The Kirrllutzian knight was just getting in the swing of things, as if he could already taste the meal, but Brendel hurriedly interrupted him before Filas could demand anything even more outrageous. He said to the wide-eyed bald innkeeper, “Listen to him and get us roast deer meat – if you don’t have it, there should be some in season at the Trout Pool. You can go buy some there. Head out from here, and turn left twice. Then walk all the way to the end of the street. I’m sure you’ve heard of the place.”

“As for the other things, pretend you didn’t hear anything. But you can buy some of the aquatic products from Lake Vallendaren — such as mackerel or salmon, which are both in season. Then you can make us some passable dishes. We’ll pay you double the money for them and, if you can get your hands on honey, I’ll give you an extra reward.”

“In addition, the ladies could do with some fruit wine to warm them up.” Brendel looked at the little prince. “And a cup of goat’s milk. I don’t care what you do, but don’t play tricks with me. I know the rules here better than you, understand?”

The bald headed innkeeper jerked slightly and realized that he was up against someone very experienced and also more familiar

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